Almost Missed You Debuts Today! Get One Last Look Behind the Scenes

After a lifetime of dreaming, it’s finally here. My novel, Almost Missed You, is out and available in bookstores today! And I have you to thank.
Author:
Publish date:
Almost Missed You

Click here to order now!

After a lifetime of dreaming, it’s finally here.

And I have you to thank.

When I first joined Writer’s Digest, in 2001, one of my first jobs was to write our column spotlighting debut authors. Today you know it as Breaking In (Page 18), but then it was called First Success, and it focused in depth on one author at a time. I’d read their books, speak with them by phone, and hang up full of contagious excitement at what they’d managed to accomplish, often after years of perseverance through false starts and rejections. More than any other interviews I’ve done, those conversations were tangled with emotion: joy, gratitude, relief, uncertainty, trepidation, passion and, above all, hope.

That’s why it’s still a thrill for me to see those authors’ names crop up again and again: Steve Berry, who now has more than 20 million thrillers in print; Brent Hartinger, whose young adult novels have been adapted for TV and film; and dozens of others who have me as a cheerleader for life because I had the privilege of sharing in that first moment—when anything seemed possible.

This is mine.

My own debut, Almost Missed You (out today in hardcover, e-book and audio from St. Martin’s Press), is a story about love, friendship and family; about missed connections and what might have been; about our belief in what’s meant to be.

And when it comes to my personal meant-to-be list, WD is near the top.

My novel was born through years of editing articles on fiction techniques and itching to put them into practice. Through heartfelt conversations with authors who I admired so deeply I could no longer deny that I aspired to be among them. And through interactions with you, our readers, the most determined, inspiring crew I know, who gave right back to me the very gift that we at WD strive to impart every day: that electrical charge of feeling a part of something, and of being as well-equipped as anyone can be for the journey ahead.

I’ve been dabbling on the page since I was a child, but when I got serious about pursuing the craft, nearly a decade ago now, I did so largely in the closet, uncertain how my efforts would be received. I can’t tell you how many well-timed insights, wisdoms and words of encouragement landed with me purely by happenstance when I needed them most.

Thank you for accompanying me on this adventure, and for continuing to invite me along on yours. I’ll never forget this moment—or how lucky I am to share it with you.

Yours in writing,

Jessica Strawser featured 2017

Jessica Strawser
Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest magazine
Get your copy of ALMOST MISSED YOU, named to March’s shortlist for the Best New Fiction by Barnes & Noble!

Subscribe to Writer’s Digest today. Your writing will thank you.

Follow me on Twitter.
Connect with me on Facebook.

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between e.g. and i.e. with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprise in the Writing Process

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprises in the Writing Process

Experienced writers know to expect the unexpected. Here are surprises in the writing process from 20 authors, including Amanda Jayatissa, Paul Neilan, Kristin Hannah, and Robert Jones, Jr.

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Author Ruth Hogan discusses the process of learning a new skill in writing her new novel, The Moon, The Stars and Madame Burova.

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

It's a common question asked by writers looking to get their first book published: Do you find an editor or agent first? The answer depends on each writer's situation.

writer's digest wd presents

WDU Presents: 7 New WDU Courses, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new WDU courses, a chance at publication, and more!

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

Editor is a very broad term in the publishing industry that can mean a variety of things. Tiffany Yates Martin reveals what a professional editor is and why writers should consider using one.

From Script

How to Find the Right Reader for Feedback, Writing Female Characters and Tapping into Emotionally Authentic Characters (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, read film reviews from Tom Stemple, part three of writing female characters, interviews with Free Guy scribes Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman, The Eyes of Tammy Faye screenwriter Abe Sylvia, and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is chasing trends in writing and publishing.

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Author Dawn Secord shares her journey toward self-publishing a picture book featuring her Irish Setter named Bling.